Tim Anderson headlined a tough night for the Chicago White Sox A seventh-inning ejection He appeared to punch the umpire after contesting a strike call.
Andersen and manager Tony La Russa got into a heated argument Friday night in a 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics after a strike call appeared to be high.
Anderson told home plate umpire Nick Maherly how he felt, prompting the ejection. But what follows may result in a longer suspension Major League Baseball.
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“I don’t think Tim cursed him or anything,” La Russa explained after the game. “If you don’t let a player be emotional, (and) you have a lot of robots here, it’s not going to be entertaining.
“That at-bat, I thought the pitches were questionable. He was upset,” he continued. “I think you’ve got to blitz the players until they cross a line. And that thing escalated before Tim did anything. He fired. That’s the way he plays. You’ve got to play that way.”
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Maharli seemed so moved Anderson introduced with him during the verbal altercation, but La Russa saw it differently.
“I know I saw the umpire go a little too far, they’re taught not to do that,” La Russa said. “I don’t see any contact I know.”
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Trailing 5-3 at the time, Chicago allowed two more runs and fell below .500 (49-50) for its second straight loss.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.